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Poster: Robin_1990 Date: Mar 6, 2008 4:54pm
Forum: stock_footage Subject: Re: ATTENTION: ARCHIVE STAFF!

Your welcome. I'm 90% sure it's Public Domain, For the following reasons:
1. There is a direct reference to show to it's from ("Joan will be right back", Refering to Joan Davis, Star of "I Married Joan").
2. It's certainly old enough
3. Due to that reference to the show it's from, It hasn't been shown since at least 1955 (When "I Married Joan" was cancelled)
4. The commercial stars nobody famous
5. It's not part of a major advertising compaign
6. I've seen GE commercials from the 50's on various budget DVDs. Since these DVDs have been sold for some time and haven't been removed from sale, It's safe to say many GE ads are PD.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffBridgewater Video Date: Mar 6, 2008 6:12pm
Forum: stock_footage Subject: Re: ATTENTION: ARCHIVE STAFF!

I would feel so much better if you were 100% sure. You say this comes from a store bought DVD? The footage in the stock footage section is meant to be reedited into other videos and will spread quickly. I'm not a lawyer, but lets play pretend for a moment. Lets say Mr. Rick Prelinger buys an old film print of a old GE fridge ad. He looks it up and its within public domain. He pays to have it transfered to digital media and donates it for free public use. That is a great thing and I am happy for it. Now lets talk about mr. business man. He pays a lot of money to buy up a bunch of old films on Ebay. He pays more money to transfer it to video. More money to clean up the sound. Then he produces the DVD and puts a copyright on his new "digitally remixed version" of the video. He is a business man. He does not donate it for public use. I think that if you take his copy and release it to the public you stand a chance of getting into some trouble. I sure hope I'm wrong. (I am wrong a lot)

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Poster: Robin_1990 Date: Mar 6, 2008 6:56pm
Forum: stock_footage Subject: Re: ATTENTION: ARCHIVE STAFF!

Actaully, I recieved this DVD from a friend who sells Public Domain content on DVD. He gets his stuff from his friends who are archivists. I checked the copyright office and the DVD was never submitted for copyright.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffBridgewater Video Date: Mar 6, 2008 7:00pm
Forum: stock_footage Subject: Re: ATTENTION: ARCHIVE STAFF!

Great. I look forward to more.